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Publisher's Summary

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss - from O. Henry Prize-winning author Emily Ruskovich.

Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in Northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband's memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives - including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison - we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.

In a wild emotional and physical landscape, Wade's past becomes the center of Ann's imagination, as Ann becomes determined to understand the family she never knew - and to take responsibility for them, reassembling their lives - and her own.

©2017 Emily Ruskovich (P)2017 Random House Audio

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suggested, yes

The blurb sold me. After I'd listened to a big part of this book, I was deeply involved with Ann, Wade, Ginny and the small mountain acreage. The crime shown itself and vanished, leaving before my questions were answered. Glimpses of it reappeared through out. We traveled back and forth for decades, the crime tantalizing but always leading me to read more... and I think it was never fully explained. But I did doze off while listening. And now I am going to listen to it again, or get the book. More literary pleasure than crime novel it is not for readers who like action and thrills. I loved it.

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Exquisitely beautiful writing--but quite sad

I love the writing of Emily Ruskovich--it is poetic, haunting, beautiful. And the narration of Justine Eyre is equally lovely. It fits the story perfectly. However, I find the subject matter of the story unbearably difficult to listen to.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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This book is a trip into frailty and strength

I enjoyed the listening of this book so much that I finished it in three sittings. Sometimes it left me wondering who was the disturbed person and who was the most normal. That is frequently the way it is when people are intertwined around a tragic happening. Everyone is affected, and deals with it in the best way they can. It gets very complicated. The author seems to have a grasp on the complexity of being human.

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  • Alison K.
  • Nobleboro, Maine United States
  • 01-11-17

Couldn't get through it

Written so well, the imagery was wonderful. that's where the good part ends. The narrator is tough to take, her voice is grating and she makes some characters sound like they have mental disorders. I was so distracted by her voice I couldn't get through the book. By reading the reviews, I think I would have been disappointed anyway. As far as I got, nothing was making sense. Got three quarters of the way through, couldn't take it anymore.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great Debut Novel

This book was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the way author was telling the story from different points of view and time frames.

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Narrator annoyed the heck out of me

The story was okay, not riveting for me, but, to be fair, the narrator was so whiny I could not pay close attention to the story.
Her voice made every character sound like a sad-sack. Her male voices were particularly annoying. Listen to the sample before you purchase. Maybe it will not bother you, but I won't be listening to Justine again. Sorry old girl!

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Thoroughly depressing.

A child-murdering mother and a father with early onset dementia provide the case study from the narrator's POV.
The audible narrator tries way to hard, infusing every sentence with unnecessary angst - this story would have worked so much better without the heavy dramatic speaking style.
This story is fairly hopeless and its tragedies remain unresolved. Not very fulfilling if you're a reader looking for answers and at least one redeeming characters.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Strange book, Sporatic, Hard to follow

All over the place, inconsistent jumping all over, anti-climatic, overall two thumbs down way down

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Very frustrating to listen to.

Story jumps around too much, too many unanswered questions-what happened to the first wife and kids? If you like listening to poetry, you may like this book. This book has about 8 and a half hours of poetic speech about nothing in particular with very little story. I listened to the whole thing thinking there would be an ending worth the time but it was very disappointing. Waste of time

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Don’t expect a solved mystery

Eyre’s voice is very soothing and gives the story life that I don’t think I would have gotten by simply reading the novel. However, every man sounds exactly the same so be sure to pay attention to know who is talking.
As for Ruskovich, the story is sad and beautiful, but I can’t get past the fact that Anne marries someone she barely knows. Her marriage to Wade felt like a Disney princess romance. I do wish that some questions had been clarified such as why Jenny did it and what happened to June. Those questions are what kept me invested in the story and when it became clear I would never get those answers it was so far along in the story that I decided to finish it because it was nearly done anyway.

So if you need mysteries solved and variation in male voices this isn’t the book for you.